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Movin’ on up: Pitt men’s soccer ascend to 2nd in latest United Soccer Coaches Poll

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Pitt men’s soccer team moved up to number two in the updated United Soccer Coaches Poll Tuesday afternoon.

Since the inaugural United Soccer Coaches Poll released in 1996, the number two ranking is the highest ranking in program history.

Pitt defeated No. 5 Notre Dame, 3-1, on the road Saturday, Sept. 26 to begin the season 1-0.

Pitt men’s soccer wins opener at Notre Dame, 3-1

It was the second time in as many years the Panthers defeated a top-five team on the road. Pitt defeated No. 1 Virginia in Charlottesville, 2-0, on Oct. 18, 2019.

Week Two United Soccer Coaches Poll

Rank     School                                              Prev      W-L-T

1            Wake Forest University                1            1-0-0

2            University Of Pittsburgh             4            1-0-0

3            Clemson University                       2            0-0-0

4            University Of Kentucky                 NR         2-1-0

5            University Of Virginia                   3            0-0-0


Three Panthers Named to TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week

Campuzano, Dexter & Jacquesson Receive Recognition

In addition, men’s soccer graduate student Nico Campuzano, senior Alexander Dexter and freshman Bertin Jacquesson were named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week Tuesday afternoon.

The team of the week consisted of performances between the days of Sept. 21-27.

Campuzano recorded a win inside the goal in his first start as a Panther, tallying one save in Pitt’s 3-1 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame on Sept. 26. Campuzano and the defense held Notre Dame to five shots and two shots on goal.

Forwards Dexter and Jacquesson each recorded one goal and earned an assist against the Irish. Jacquesson found Dexter in the 11th minute for the first goal of the 2020 campaign to put Pitt up 1-0. Dexter returned the favor to Jacquesson in the 72nd minute, as the senior found the Frenchman inside the 18-yard box for a score, solidifying the Panthers’ victory.

Next Up:

Pitt next faces Syracuse on the road Tuesday, Oct. 6 to open up ACC play. Kick-off is slated for 7 PM on the ACC Network.

Pitt’s Bertin Jacquesson & Arturo Ordoñez earn ACC Offensive & Defensive Player of the Week honors


John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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